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The AFCPE Blog is designed to provide new and insightful personal finance information for financial professionals – information that can be shared with both clients and consumers and provides new insights into education and practice.


The True Value of Hobbies: Looking Beyond the Spreadsheet

Budget, General, Financial Education

August 03, 2015

“Your hobby costs how much?”  This is a question I have received many times through my life. It’s true, to some, my hobby seems expensive, maybe even exorbitant. But the truth is, the value of a...


AFCPE® Op Ed: A response to “Why Service Members Should Receive Financial Literacy Training”

Military, General, Financial Education

July 30, 2015

[caption id="attachment_613" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Gordon, from www.taskandpurpose.com[/caption] Marissa Cruz wrote an important article,...


AFCPE Membership Spotlight: Gabriella Barthlow, AFC®

Symposium, #IamAFCPE, General, Financial Education

July 29, 2015

For Gabriella Barthlow, 2015 is a year of firsts. Although she has worked as an AFC® professional for more than 7 years, this year she started a new role as a Financial Coach for the CFPB Financial...


5 Tax Complications That Could Arise in a Same-Sex Marriage

General, Financial Education

July 13, 2015

It's been nearly two years since the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled that same-sex couples legally married in states that recognize their marriages,...


How much should I be spending in the different budget categories?

Budget, General, Financial Education

July 08, 2015

Recently in a personal finance class, some of the students asked me how much they should be spending in the different budget categories, such as housing, groceries, and so on. I’ve always seen...


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